MA 52700, Fall 2017

Advanced Mathematics For Engineers And Physicists I

Instructor: Birgit Kaufmann

Contact Information: Office MA 748, e-mail:, phone: (765) 494-3173

office hours: MW 11:40-12:30 pm

Syllabus: Schedule, assignments, and lectures

In the fall semester of 2017 there will be three sections of the course MA 527: one regular session with 70 seats that meets in a studio room where every lecture will be taped on streaming video,  one "on campus distance learning" section (ONC) that has access to the streaming videos and one true distance learning section (EPE) with students from all over the country and the world.

In this class we will study several of the major areas of mathematics that are useful in engineering, including linear algebra, ordinary and partial differential equations, Laplace and Fourier transforms.

Information for on-campus distance learning students:
Lectures can be downloaded by logging in to ProEd at Purdue with an ID and a password that will be posted on Blackboard and e-mailed to every student registered in the on-campus distance learning section in the week before classes start. The lectures can be viewed any time from any computer starting about two hours after the recording. There will be an overflow room made available to distance learning students where they can view the lectures during regular class times.

The instructor will be available for answering questions about the material and discussing problems with the course during office hours or by appointment and can be reached by e-mail and phone. There will be a discussion board on which will be maintained by a TA. The response time is within 24 h.


Homework will be collected weekly as pdf file that has to be  uploaded into Blackboard,  typically on Wednesdays.
Detailed instructions can be found here.

Two Midterms will be given as common evening exams for the on-campus students attending the live class and the ONC students. The dates of the Midterm exams are:
Mon, Oct 2, 2017  6:30-7:30 p.m. Phys 114
Wed, Nov 8, 2017  6:30-7:30 p.m. LILY 1105

The Final Exam will be given as common final exam for the on-campus students and the ONC students.
The date will be
Mon, Dec 11, 7-9 pm WTHR 200

The off-campus distance learning students (EPE) will take all the exams remotely with a proctor.

Advanced Engineering Mathematics, 10th edition, Erwin Kreyszig  Note that we will use the 10th edition. If you have any other edition (including 'International 10th edition') you need to be sure that the homework problems you do are the ones from the US 10th edition.
It is available in three forms:

Wiley E-Text, ISBN: 9780470913611
Loose-leaf, ISBN: 9780470917671
Hardcover, ISBN: 9780470458365

Course grading will be based on 2 midterms, a final, and regular homework. Each midterm will be worth 100 points, the final exam 150 points and the homework 100 points for a total of 450 points.  The lowest two homework scores will be dropped, but in return, late homework will not be accepted.

Important: In the event of a major campus emergency, course requirements, deadlines, and grading percentages are subject to changes that may be necessitated by a revised semester calendar or other circumstances beyond the instructor's control. Information about such changes will be posted on this web page.